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Mapping cyber-enabled crime: understanding police investigations and prosecutions of cyberstalking


O'Shea, B and Asquith, N and Prichard, J, Mapping cyber-enabled crime: understanding police investigations and prosecutions of cyberstalking, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10, (4) pp. 1-15. ISSN 2202-8005 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.2096


Stalking is one of the main types of abusive behaviour facilitated by technology. The purpose of the current study was twofold: to identify the challenges of cyberstalking investigations and prosecutions in Australia and determine how best to investigate these types of offences. A qualitative analysis of four years of interviews, focus groups and participant observations with police departments provides an overview of the cyberstalking investigative process. The findings map out the process from the initial report of the incident to the preparation of the prosecution brief. This analysis positions cyberstalking investigations as an interesting case study in the midst of increased scrutiny about the way that police investigate technology-facilitated abuse.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:policing, cyberstalking, crime mapping, criminal investigation, criminal prosecution
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Asquith, N (Professor Nicole Asquith)
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Professor Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:149410
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2022-03-29
Last Modified:2022-04-13
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